Most calves exported from Britain to suffer in veal crates are born as un-wanted 'by-products' of the dairy industry. To give milk, a cow must first produce a calf (this is usually done by artificial insemination), and she will do this on average once for every 10,000 pints of milk. In her life, she will produce four calves or more, only one of whom is likely to be reared to fill her place in the traditional dairy herd. The remaining three will be sent to market when only a few days old and are likely to end up on one of the trucks bound for a veal crate in France.
Dairy cattle are slow-growing, and farmers claim that veal calves must be prevented from moving - even to scratch an itch - and fed a diet which makes them anaemic, if their flesh is to be white when they reach slaughter weight.
So to re-cap
the dairy cow itself will only live between 4-5 years a quarter of its natural life due the number of hormones and steroids given to the cow to increase milk production. The fast food industry buy these unfortunate animals to supply a never ending stream of burgers.
"Cow protection to me is not mere protection of the cow. It means protection of all that lives and is helpless and weak in the world. The cow means the entire subhuman world." Mahatma Gandhi.
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